April 2, 2011

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Fairfield Snaps Two-Game Skid with ECAC Triumph of Bellarmine

from press release

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- The Fairfield University men's lacrosse team snapped a two-game slide with a 13-11 win over visiting ECAC Lacrosse League foe Bellarmine University on Lessing Field Saturday afternoon. The victory improves the Stags record to 5-4 overall and 2-1 in ECAC play, while the Knights fall to 4-7 on the season and 0-2 in league play.

Fairfield wasted little time getting the offense going on Saturday, as Sam Snow (Bainbridge, Wash.) netted a pass from Max Trunz (Upper Brookville, N.Y.) 46 seconds into the game. Brent Adams (Norwalk, Conn.) struck twice in the first quarter for the Stags, including a man-down tally, to push the advantage to 3-0. Bellarmine broke through 3:36 into the second-quarter with a man-up goal from Luke Acton, with Adams and Doug Kuring (New Milford, Conn.) answered to give Fairfield a 5-1 advantage, The teams alternated goals in the final 7:01 of the second quarter as the Stags took a 7-4 lead into halftime.

Fairfield netted the first four goals of the second-half, with Kuring, Adams, Trunz and Snow all touching net over a 9:28 span to push the lead to 11-4, but Bellarmine answered. Mitch McLaren started the comeback with the final goal of the third quarter and the Knights struck three times in the first 5:27 of the final stanza to cut the deficit to 11-8. Matt Plominski (Port Washington, N.Y.) stemmed the tide momentarily with a man-up goal at the 7:55 mark, which would prove to be the decisive tally.

McLaren made the score 12-9 with a goal at the 4:21 mark which Shawn Honovich (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) answered on a pass from Adams. The Knights struck twice more, 12 seconds apart, with 78 and 66 seconds to play, to make the score 13-11, but Nick Tandoi (Manhasset, N.Y.) forced a Knight turnover after the ensuing face-off to secure the win for the Stags.

Charlie Cipriano (Williston Park, N.Y.) finished the game with 13 saves and a caused turnover to earn the win in net for Fairfield. Dillon Ward stopped 11 shots and had six ground balls in net for the Knights.

Adams tallied a game-high six points for the Stags, scoring four goals and handing out two assist.

The Stags had eight different players score a goal, with Snow and Kuring both striking twice on the afternoon. Jordan Greenfield (Dover, Mass.) handed out three assist, while Snow had two on the day to finish with four points.

McLaren, four goals, and Will Cary, two goals and two assists, led Bellarmine's offense with four points apiece. Luke Action and Jordan Wong both touched net twice as well as handing out an assist each.

Fairfield committed 11 of the games 15 penalties, but was able to control the damage by killing off 7-9 of those man-down situations. The Stags were 2-3 in man-up chances on the day. Bellarmine committed 14 turnovers, seven of which were caused by Fairfield, led by the three of Drew Palmer (Webster, N.Y.). The Knights had a 32-16 advantage in ground balls, including a 20-9 edge in the second-half.

The Stags continue ECAC play next Saturday when they travel to Baltimore, Md. for a match-up with Loyola University Maryland.


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